Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Described by the brewer as more of an American Pale Ale. It's not an India Pale Ale.

Boat Beer is designed to be complex enough to merit drinking a few without being crippled by alcohol. Kolsch yeast and German malts are combined to be crisp and refreshing, while a generous amount of American hops have been added to keep it remarkable. Expect it to dance out of the glass with a whack of grapefruit and open into a crisp, stony tangle of white and yellow fruit with pine and moss notes. An IPA for everyday drinking, drink boat beer when you are thirsty from softball, fishing, or explaining why your team is best.

Session Ale
ABV: 4.2% | IBU: 35 | SRM: 3.5

Added by Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

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2.12/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Aroma: lemon , citrus, Taste is ashtray and grapefruit. Appearance: yellow hazy, white head small.
Not pleasant. Like a punch on the face.


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2.34/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottom of the barrell, even for session beers. No-brainer drain-pour.

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2.48/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.57/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer from a fresh can that was canned less than a week ago on 10/27/16.

Pine bomb. Very much an east-coast style pale ale. Tastes thin and boring. Appears yellow and fizzy. I don't understand how this has such a high rating.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.79/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy and bright golden banana yellow color with a half finger white head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.  Looks more like a Berliner than a pale ale and the lack of retention/lacing hurts the appearance.

Subtle floral hop aroma with faint zesty spice and a pale malt backbone. A touch or citrus along with grass and pine needle followed by biscuit, bread and some light fruit.  

Medium body wih tight carbonation and a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the pale malts into a dry finish.  Bitter and spicy with grassy hops and pine needle along with pepper and corianders.  This is countered by a pale malt backbone with hints of bread yeast, biscuit and light fruit.  Kind of tame and flavors seem a bit off to me.  Feels more like a Belgian golden/pale ale with zesty spice and bland hop character.  A lot of people who's palates I trust really like this beer so I'd like to give it another try at some point but my first impression isn't a very good one.  

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2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When poured in the pint glass, the head looked like soap suds. Upon taking the first sip, I was not impressed. Very rarely will I push a nearly full glass of beer back across the bar and have them put it down the drain, but I did with this one.

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2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.99/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boat. Simple as it gets. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy, I get a grapefruit hop waft, almost West Coast-like. But wait this is East coast. Pours to a bright slightly cloudy yellow with a bright white head. On the taste this brew has a good semi bitter hoppiness right off the bat. Very similar in taste to an ESB. Taste continues with a balanced middle then a semi bitter aftertaste. Not a bad brew. Simple as the name states, potentially a session brew as well as it packs good flavor for a 4.2% AC. For what it is it is decent and not at all offensive.

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